October 19th, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Tom Hanks drops 'F-bomb' on 'GMA' - Oops!

Tom Hanks plays a variety of roles in his upcoming film "Cloud Atlas," and it seems that he got a little too into one of his characters Friday morning on "Good Morning America."

The 56-year-old actor was chatting about the adaptation of the acclaimed novel of the same name when he was asked to speak in the accent of one of his characters.

Hanks was game, but he forget to clean up his character's potty mouth and accidentally said "f*****g" in the middle of his sentence. To be fair, though, he did warn "GMA's" Elizabeth Vargas ahead of time that "mostly it's swear words."

After the f-bomb slip, the actor immediately caught himself and apologized. "Man oh man, I'm sorry, I slipped into a brand of acting," he said. "I have never done that before, I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now. And let me say, next time on the show there will be a seven-second delay."

While Vargas tried to move on, Hanks got in one more joke: "Never give me a handheld mic! I blame the staff." When he took his apology to Twitter, Hanks added, "For GMA ... Oops! In character! Sorry!"

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  1. Mar

    Its sad when the 1 % becomes uncivilized like the common criminal. No surprise, liberals are very uncivilized, uneducated fools.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the real

    tom hanks will not be fined.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. bodylanguagesuccess

    Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2159:
    Tom Hanks drops the F-bomb on GMA –
    Body Language of Fear, Surprise, MAPs and a Bitter Smile ....


    October 22, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. max128

    You American are so repressed and uptight. I supposed some of you will now need counseling to get over the trauma of hearing the F word.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      In America curse words aren't really a big deal but it's a no-no for live television and mainly for the reason Tom says "sorry kids". Honestly, I'm sure most American's feel the way I do and find the situation humorous, not outrageous.

      October 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Traditionally we save the words we don't want children repeating until they are out of the room. It's cute for Hanks, not so cute for little Junior when he says it in kindergarten, and so he could land that show a hefty fine.

      October 22, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Willie12345

    And he was ever so cute too...........

    October 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MYTCH

    He was definitely alone on that fuc-ing island too long. He is one of the world's finest and most accomplished actors. Kudos to him for his body of work.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alvord

    Hanks is a potty mouth.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CodeRed

    f bomb? so what

    October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Whalewatch

    poppi with it too...duh

    October 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    Seriously who freaking cares......the rules for public television are stupid and old and should be changed,

    October 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Timmy

    Probably still giddy from taking a pipe ride with John Travolta.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Blue Chairs

    should be fined

    October 21, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. No fine

    heard last night

    October 21, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Danko Ramone

    I hope he, and GMA are MASSIVELY fined. Not because I think there's anything wrong with what happened at all, but because, per FCC standards, what happened was wrong at a near-Biblical level. If they pay dearly for this, it'll help cause an outcry amongst even the bluehairs, that could lead to much more reasonable-for-today FCC standards.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas

    Hanky panky. Though the err slip of the tounge, others' may think err dumb, Tom is too smart to let this pass, though he seem crass. A mere spit in time, no big crime. Go home and relax, this too shall pass.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Post

    he should have been more careful..he's been in the industry long enough.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. CJ

    Talk about making a big deal over nothing..... He aapologized profusely so let it go.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Whatever

    Much ado over nothing. Next faux outrage story, please......yawn.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. HealthConnection

    Tom Hanks saying the F-word =/= a news story.

    Here's an F-word from me to you, CNN!

    October 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Vic Toews (Ottawa)

    Cheeze Whiz

    October 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jessica

    doesn't matter what's done is done....can't wait to see him on broadway.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sokman

    Hanks didnt say a swear word, the character he was portraying did. There is a difference.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Danielle

    doesn't reflect me–my job is done here..

    October 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. boomer23

    Who wrote this article? Holy crap. Trying to make a news story and taking what he said out of context while trying to paint him as a less-than-holy man. Just remember, what you write and say is only a reflection of you. This article is the exact reason libs need to be taken out of positions of writing, government, etc. And put back where they belong – service industry, etc.

    October 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

    Swearing is obscene. Murdering helpless civillians with drones isn't. Nudity is offensive. Proping up dictators who routinely oppress their own people isn't. Such wonderful priorities.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  26. wowreally

    geee... someone said fvck... we can't be saying these fvcking words, they are fvcking terrible...

    dam i just swore... sh!t... lol

    October 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Unknownian

    I'd like to get my hands on the little Fuk who just forced me to watch a commercial when I clicked on the Video to listen to Hanks. As I get older, I am having some serious doubts about the futiure of Capitalism

    October 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jeff

    Tom knows a swear word? I thought he was a goodie two shoes.

    October 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  29. hanksfan

    i say the f-word...so what...he's a great guy.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  30. cpc65

    Somebody's come a long way since Bosom Buddies.

    October 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  31. cpc65

    He looks like he'd been drinking too. Have one for me Mr. Hanks!

    October 20, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  32. Frank

    Here is a very amusing snippet on the "F" word. Turn the volume up because it's funny as hell!!


    October 20, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. Hanks

    said the f-word...who cares..

    October 20, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  34. Scripts suck

    October 20, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  35. as long as your here..

    23 are.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  36. Luke

    This is seriously an issue? – Tom Hanks said the F word on the television – the horror – never mind that most people use the F word ten times a day – I haven't clutched my pearls this hard since Janet Jackson flashed her boobie on the television, Honestly when is this country ever going to kill the giant fargin bug up its icehole?

    October 20, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  37. rd

    Words really do matter and words do have meaning. I don't really think it was an accident but another dumb way to shock again. And if this is part of the movie and makes it "artistic" to swear is a bunch of baloney too.

    October 20, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • danny

      bologna* is how it's spelled, since you want to get into the importance of words. Like many other people have posted on this thread, the word is only as heavy as you make it

      October 20, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  38. Splinter48708

    The sad part here is that the PTC wants to live in the 1950s when censors didn't even allow the word "pregnant" to be uttered. Gee, you think people watching I Love Lucy didn't notice when she was pregnant...They wrote it into the series. When her character gave birth, it was the most watched TV show until "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen".

    The PTC needs to realize that parents cuss and *gasp* in front of their kiddies! My nephew and nieces grew up hearing the F-bomb, a word that starts with "S" and ends with "hit" and a few other choice words.

    Granted that a lot of parents will refrain from saying "such offensive words" in front of the kids and actually DO THEIR JOBS of monitoring what their kid(s) watch. It's a shame, though, when the PTC slams GMA or other shows for letting a profanity slip through. It's called LIVE TELEVISION and there will be the bloopers that might have to be bleeped later on.

    Tom Hanks here even warned the viewers that there was the possibility of a nasty, offensive to some ears getting through. Sure enough, the F-bomb fell and exploded on people's ears, offending some and others were like "He cussed...big f^(%^ing deal."

    If people cannot accept his mea culpa, I feel really sorry for them...NOT!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  39. It'sjustafurckingword

    It's just a furcking word....

    October 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Chris

    This word F[r]uck gets such a bad rap. I am gonna name my son 'F[r]ucker' in protest. Ha, the [r] is for you censors. Take that.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Angie N.

    Tom Hanks is an amazing actor and over all good guy.I saw this live and wasn't offended by any means.Especially considering all the other crap that happens daily in the media,news,tv ect.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. HM8432

    He's human, so what?

    October 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Brenda

    I swear all the time. Welcome to the club, Hanks ;o)

    October 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  44. DogHaus

    Why do we put so much weight on this silly word?? That is the real problem. The weight should be in how you use it - a benign expression or as a verbal assault. Kids have usually heard this word in all it's forms years before parents think they have!

    October 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  45. nancy

    He slipped....it happenes...and he was very apologetic after.....no harm no foul and nothing that most kids hear every day in their own homes.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      not in this home. But in was an honest accident. He was very sorry. Not a big deal. It's the rappers and some of the other "artists" that use this word ALL THE TIME that we should BAN.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rob

    Tom is a class act... No problem here.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Orlando guy

    Hanks is a pro. You know he feels bad...no issues, Tom. You are the man!

    October 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Rebublican from Texas

    I am a Hanks fan. He is a fantastic actor, and I think he's a good person. Leave politics out of it please, I dont care how he votes... It doesnt make him good or bad, just American. He was in Charicter, and he actually apoligized! This is a rare thing in this day and age, and I take my hat off to him. I will be watching your new movie!

    October 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Absolutely agree He is a real class act Most celebrities would make a joke of it, say my bad and leave it at that

      October 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. wow

    um.....yeah.....um.....like Muslims freaking out about jokes?

    October 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Sharon

    Oh, gosh, I'm scarred for life. Actually, Hanks is a wonderful gentleman. It was easy to see that he was genuinely horrified that he had dropped an f-bomb on morning TV.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Gorilla Girl

    I mean coca-cola. loved him on busom buddies!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  52. A Griff

    Really? There are alot worse things happening in this world right now than an actor using a "bad" word. Go to a sporting event. You'll hear much more than that.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  53. bails

    well how refreshing...a man who can actually apologize for using swear words!!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Gorilla Girl

    Another celeb who went from coke to being a hero

    October 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Chester L

    Too funny. I guess you would call that a "Forest Gump" moment!!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  56. kilowatt23

    So movie stars are the next thing for the Republicans to hate, you guys are going to hate yourself into a corner pretty soon.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Shultz

      You people really don't have any room to talk about Republicans hating anyone, after the thousands of tweets from Democrats after the last debate threatening to riot or to kill Governor Romney if he is elected president. The mainstream media can try to cover that up all they want but it's too late for that. Everyone saw it and now they know what wingnuts liberals are.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken in MD

      Rick Shultz, if you think Obama didn't receive thousands of death threats when he was running, you're sadly mistaken. There's nutjobs out there on both sides of the political arena.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  57. we love


    October 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  58. danial54

    BFD.......Give the guy a break. The sun still rose and the earth is still on it's axes. Geeesh! Chill out!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Griff

      I agree in principle. But that would be axis, not axes. The Earth has but one that it rotates about.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  59. blake

    Yet another far left Hollywood reprobate and m0r0n.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • blake

      Hanks is probably the worst person who has ever lived, ever in all history, ever.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rshanks66

      Wow, you managed to “FOX News” that comment and make it political even though it had nothing to do with politics.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mbona

      Blake is right actually. I didn't know Tom Hanks had such power over these fringe right wing extremists in the GOP. They will do anything and say anything to gather attention to themselves. Right on Tom! I don't know what you are doing, if anything, but you keep up the great work. I don't think the RIGHT has felt so inflamed since Reagan had hemorrhoids.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • boris

      Troll. You are a troll.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Souljacker

    Wow, people are still afraid children might hear a swear word? If the worst your kid has been exposed to is Tom Hanks slipping a word on a TV show, count yourself lucky.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  61. alot of bad people

    October 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  62. ATPMSD

    Really, are we still that puritanical or naive? There are no bad words, only bad people!!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Larry Cottt

    'butt' not wrong for me. yum!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ProperVillain

    Why is everyone hating on Kip?


    October 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  65. ameeh

    well he shouldn't have said it, but he did, he apologized, get over it and move on. Good grief people do we not have more to worry about than this??

    October 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Muffin Ass

    And then he dropped his pants and took a pooh on the couch.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  67. ProperVillain

    Does anyone except bored housewives and the FRC care that anyone swears on network TV?


    October 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Terri

    Love him!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Robert Arden

    these Hollywood liberals smoke dope yet are against Cigarrettes.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Cigarettes have been proven to contain many carcinogenic elements. None of those carcinogens are present in marijuana. The only similarity is that they can both be rolled into cigarettes and burned. Next...

      October 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • HUH?

      Where do you, ahem, people come from? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China or this article?

      October 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Janice Belmont

    Rita Wilson is gettingg fat.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janice Belmont

      and I love it. i'd like to bury my face in it. be proud of yourselves ladies.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Anne Urkowitz

    If Hanks worked in a Real job one week he would not be the pompus ass he is.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rconatser1

      Well, you picked a good one to be jealous of. Brilliant actor, youngest ever to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting, and his movies have made more worldwide than any other actor in history. You poor thing.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • HUH?

      IIt takes a real p-o-m-p-o-u-s ass to recognize a 'pompus' ass!

      October 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne Urkowitz

      what I meant was, i'd like to lay him down with some whipped cream. look at that 'stache.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me1234**

      Anne Ur a ditzz darn tool aka Tard.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Larry Cottt

    Gay is wrong for our society!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Sishaan

    I am still seeing!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Kim

    It was actually pretty funny, probably because Tom Hanks is the last person you'd expect to do that.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  75. scott

    Another F***ing liberal actor with no manners.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Joni

    Much ado about nothing. He slipped. He apologized. Let's move on, nothing more to see here folks.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • FiveLiters

      Aw come on-you know Someone out there has to be "offended" or "traumatized" or whatever over it!
      LOL,people lost their d_mn minds over Janet popping her b00b out during the Super Bowl (yet,strangely enough,it was the highest viewed half time show in their history...hmm),so you know somebody's got to have a case of mental anguish over this.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      "(yet,strangely enough,it was the highest viewed half time show in their history...hmm)" Your musing would only make sense if it was know in advance that it was going to happen. Which it wasn't. So your comment makes no sense...hmm.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |

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